Aiger Akabane, known as Aiga Akaba (赤刃アイガ, Akaba Aiga) in Japan, is the main protagonist of the anime and manga series, Beyblade Burst Turbo. After witnessing the strength of Valt Aoi and his Wonder Valtryek V4 12 Volcanic, Aiger creates his own Turbo Beyblade, Z Achilles A4 11 Xtend, and becomes a Blader. He then sets out on journey to the big city to challenge and defeat Valt; a goal he eventually achieves with the dark power of his Turbo Beyblade. Over the course of his journey, Aiger upgraded his Beyblade into Z Achilles A4 11 Xtend+.
Aiger looks similar to Valt, except he has lighter skin, turquoise eyes, wears red clothing and his hair and eyebrows are maroon. He has a red letter "A" tattooed on his left cheek, and several bandage strips on his face: a horizontal one on his right cheek, two horizontal ones placed vertically on the right temple, and a horizontal one over an "X" shaped bandage underneath it on the left temple.
Aiger’s attire consists of a white shirt, jet black shorts with blue-buckled suspenders, a short-sleeved burgundy letterman's jacket with a black-striped white collar, tomato sleeves, border and pocket lining, and burgundy sneakers with a tomato border, white laces, white toe caps and a white circle with an upside-down dark-blue "A" on each inner heel. His jacket has a light-cyan circle with an upside-down dark-blue "A" on the back and three yellow buttons on the front: one on the right side with a dark-blue Beyblade symbol, and two on the left, the upper one an upside-down dark-blue "A", and the bottom a dark-blue star. After his first battle with Valt, Aiger began wearing a dark-blue hand brace on his left hand and wrist.
When he's about perform his bey's signature move, his hair turns crimson and breaks free from the blue rubber band holding it upright.
Aiger is very hot headed and cannot stand losing as he was infuriated after his defeat at the hands of Valt Aoi. However, similar to Valt, he has been thoughtful of his strategies and wins battles because of them. He also acts like a big-shot at times, such as when he brags about his victories and so-called "invincibility".
Having lived on a farm for most of his life, Aiger loves animals. He also elects to sleep in a tent in Beigoma Academy's petting zoo instead of the school's dormitories so he can be closer to the animals.
Aiger loves milk and drinks it straight from the pack without pouring it into a cup.
However in episode 25 in his battle against Free, he emitted some kind of dark aura similar to Phi. His personality takes a big turn later in the anime. Aiger got possessed and succumbed to the darkness within Z Achilles. He now does everything it takes to win. During the battle with Valt Aoi, he and Achilles destroyed Wonder Valtryek V4; thus showing how ruthless and powerful he has become.
- Z Achilles A4 11 Xtend: Aiger's primary Beyblade in Beyblade Burst Turbo.
- Z Achilles A4 11 Xtend+: Aiger's primary Beyblade in Beyblade Burst Turbo with the Xtend Chip added.
- Z Breaker: With its Xtend Performance Tip set in the Taller Mode, Achilles uses its height to its advantage and attacks, knocking opponents downward and dealing high damage.
- Z Launch: Using the slope of the Beystadium, Achilles gains more speed and power in its attacks, similar to Valt Aoi's Rush Launch.
- Z Defense: By spinning at high speed, Achilles uses its short edges to deflect incoming attacks and returns damage.
- Z Whip: With its Xtend Performance Tip set to the Lower Mode, Achilles hits the opponent's Bey head on, using its long attack blade to slash across the opponent's Energy Layer, similar to Valt Aoi’s Wonder Whip.
- Z Dive: Using the power from an opponent's attack, Achilles flies into the air and uses gravity to increase its speed and power of its fall to inflict massive damage on its opponent, similar to Lui Shirosagi's Brutal Squall.
- Super Z Slash:
- Super Z Shoot:
- Super Z Boost:
|Beyblade Burst Turbo|
|Valt Aoi||01||Lose (0-2)|
|3 unknown bladers||02||Win all (2-0)|
|5 unknown bladers||02||Win (10-0)|
|80 unknown bladers||02||Win all (2-0)|
|Unknown blader||02||Win (2-0)|
|3 unknown bladers||02||WIn (6-0)|
|3 unknown bladers||02||Win all (2-0)|
|98 unknown bladers from the Beigoma Academy BeyClub||02||Win all (2-0)|
|Koji Konda||02||Win (2-0)|
|Toko Aoi||02||Win (2-1)|
|Fubuki Sumiye||02-03||Lose (1-2)|
|Ranjiro Kiyama||03||Draw (1-1)|
|Fubuki Sumiye||04||Win (2-1)|
|Lui Shirosagi||05||Lose (0-2)|
|Ranjiro Kiyama||06||Win (2-0) just practice|
|Lui Shirosagi (With Fubuki Sumiye & Ranjiro Kiyama)||06||Lose (0-0-0-6)|
|Koji Konda||07||Win (2-0)|
|Suoh Genji||08||Lose (1-2)|
|Ranjiro Kiyama||10||Win (2-1)|
|Suoh Genji||13||Win (3-1)|
|Lui Shirosagi||14-15||Win (3-2)|
|Suoh Genji & Laban Vanot (Battle Royale)||16||Lose (0-0-2)|
|Xhan Bogard||17||Lose (0-2)|
|Kyle Hakim||18||Win (2-1)|
|Kyle Hakim||19||Lose (3-0)|
|Xhan Bogard & Kyle Hakim (With Ranjiro Kiyama)||19||Lose (1-2)|
|Ranjiro Kiyama, Fubuki Sumiye, Hae-jin, Suoh Genji, Phi, Laban Vanot, Xhan Bogard & Kyle Hakim (Battle Royale)||20||Lose (0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-16)|
|Laban Vanot & Hae-jin (With Fubuki Sumiye)||21||Win (4-0)|
|Suoh Genji & Hae-jin (Battle Royale)||22||Lose (0-0-3)|
|Laban Vanot||23||Win (2-1)|
|Xhan Bogard||24||Win (2-1)|
|Free De La Hoya||25||Lose (0-3)|
|Free De La Hoya||25||Lose (0-2)|
|Ranjiro Kiyama||26||Lose (0-2) (Training)|
|Ranjiro Kiyama||26||Win (9-0) (Training)|
|Fubuki Sumiye||26||Win (2-1)|
|Ranjiro Kiyama||27||Win (2-0)|
|Ranjiro Kiyama||27||Win (33 Rounds)|
|Fubuki Sumiye||27||Win (33 Rounds)|
|Xhan Bogard||27||Win (33 Rounds)|
|Xander Shakadera||27||Lose (0-2)/Draw|
|Valt Aoi||27-28||Win (3-2)|
|Suoh Genji||30||Win (2-0)|
|BeyClub (including Fubuki Sumiye, Toko Aoi, and Konji Konda) and Rebel BeyClub members||31||Win|
|Kyle Hakim||32||Win (2-0)|
|Evel Oxford||33||Win (2-0)|
Naru is Aiger’s little sister. She is very supportive of Aiger. She also helped him make Z Achilles A4 11 Xtend.
Aiger and Ranjiro seem to get well along with each other. At first, Ranjiro decided to teach Aiger a lesson after the latter had defeated all the members of the Rebel Bey Club; but after the two had a beybattle where they tied 149 times, the two came to respect one another. Since then, Ranjiro has begun supporting Aiger in his matches, and at one point he even returned his Bey to him after the Rebel Bladers had stolen it.
Aiger strives to become a Blader strong enough to one day defeat Valt after witnessing the immense power and strength of his new Wonder Valtryek V4 12 Volcanic. Valt is very supportive towards Aiger, and always encourages him to keep getting stronger whenever the two meet. The two are also very similar in terms of personality. When Aiger gets possessed by Z Achilles, Valt takes notice of this and vows to save him just like he did for his friend Shu Kurenai.
Aiger and Fubuki are friendly to each other while seeing the other as their biggest rival. Their interaction is similar to that of Valt and Shu.
Lui at first didn't care for Aiger and said that he didn't deserve to wield a Turbo Bey, but eventually grew on him because of how motivated he is to battle Valt. Aiger eventually secured Lui's respect after beating him at the end of the Luinor Cup.
For a full gallery of images of Aiger, see Aiger Akabane/Gallery.
- Aiger is the first Beyblade protagonist who uses a Balance Type Bey, thus making him the first protagonist not to use an Attack Type Bey.
- Aiger is also the first protagonist whose name is an assonance.
- Much like Valt Aoi, Aiger is really good at socializing, as he tried to befriend the Wild and Beigoma Academy BeyClub members. In addition, Aiger shares Valt's habit of talking to his Beyblade.
- Aiger's friendship with Ranjiro mirrors that of Valt's friendship with Ranjiro's brother, Rantaro.
- Aiger, like Valt in Turbo, wears a backpack.
- His sister Naru acts like Toko and Nika for Aiger.
- Aiger's Japanese name "Aiga" means "Family" which is also how Aiger is close to his family. His last name in Japan, "Akaba" means "red blade", while his last name in dub "Akabane" means "red feather" in Japanese.
- To support Japan in World Cup 2018 in Russia, Hiro Morita posted Aiger in Japan National Team uniform at his Twitter.
- Aiger is the second Burst protagonist, right after Valt Aoi.
- Aiger's traits of being the second protagonist in a Beyblade series, idolizing the first protagonist, and having a strong spirit make him similar to Zyro Kurogane, the protagonist of Beyblade: Shogun Steel.
- He placed 10th in the character popularity poll in Japan.
- Aiger is the first Blader to be seen receiving a Level Chip.
- Aiger owns a Gold Level Chip.